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Author: Jess Metcalf

Update: We’ve secured our models for the Raleigh shoot on March 23, but we’re still accepting model submissions for our upcoming Mobile, AL and Laurel, MS shoots!

The onset of March has the SW ladies excited about sunshine-filled days, our own version of March Madness, and most importantly, kicking off editorial season for our tenth anniversary issue! We’ve spent months dreaming up our best ideas to celebrate 10 issues of Southern Weddings, and we’re going to need your help to bring those visions to life!

There are few things we love more than featuring your lovely faces on the pages of our magazine, so keep reading if you’re located in Raleigh, NC, Mobile, AL, or Laurel, MS! We’d love for some of y’all to join us!

Raleigh, NC on Thursday, March 23
We’re looking for a bride and groom between the ages 25-35. If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line: V10 Raleigh Model Call. 

Mobile, AL on Tuesday, April 25
We’re looking for a bride and groom and bridesmaids. If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line: V10 Mobile Model Call. 

Laurel, MS on Thursday, April 27
We’re looking for bride and groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents of the bride and groom, and kids (ages 4-9). If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line: V10 Laurel Model Call. 

All hair/skin colors are welcome! If chosen, we will need you to be available on site from about noon – 8 p.m. We might start later or end earlier, but we want you to be prepared! Please note that you must be 18 or older to apply and we are not able to compensate for travel/participation.

If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line listed above (this will help us make sure we haven’t missed your email!) Be sure to include a recent headshot (no need for professional photos, we just want to see your lovely face!), a few candid photos, and your height. We promise it’s going to be a blast!

Written with love by Jess Metcalf
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  1. avatar Lorie gregg reply

    Hello. My name is lorie gregg and I sell a beautiful line of jewelry designed in NY called Chloe and Isabel. I would LOVE to provide jewelry for this shoot if you are in need. Check out the site mentioned above and let me know. I’ve worked several bridal shows in the past and the majority of my retail experience prior to my 3 years with chloe and isabel was with anthropologie in Southern California. Thanks so much!
    Lorie Gregg

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While the biggest moments on your wedding day are the ones between you and your groom, we also have a soft spot for the moments that naturally occur when you’re surrounded by your sisters and your best girlfriends. Chances are, these ladies have seen you at your best and at your worst (middle school, anyone?), and it’s such a sweet comfort to know that even as you enter a new stage of life, they’ll always be there for you. We love when brides go the extra mile to make sure their bridesmaids look and feel beautiful, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite looks from 2016 below!

Erica’s mismatched long blue dresses from The Dessy Group (photo by Anna Shackleford)

Caroline’s long pastel bridesmaid dresses by Joanna August and Nouvelle by Amsale (photo by Kristin Kilpatrick)

Brent’s navy one-shoulder bridesmaid gowns by Amsale (photo by Anna Routh)

Nicole’s kelly green Alfred Sung bridesmaid dresses with black and white bouquet ribbons (photo by Jennifer Blair)

Peyton’s vibrant red White Lace & Promises dresses with fur stoles (photo by Finch Photography)

Caroline’s teal, aqua, and petal pink bridesmaid dress combination (photo by Lexie Bush)

Katie’s Anthro forest green short dresses with chocolate shawls (photo by Lauren Carnes)

Sarah’s gauzy, white eyelet bridesmaid dresses by Cate Lyon (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

Veronica’s long glam bridesmaid dresses (photo by Ashley Cox)

Last but certainly not least, Ally’s sweet, traditional flower girls (photo by Kati Mallory)

Anna Shackleford, Kati Mallory, Anna Routh, and Kristen Kilpatrick are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory and Joanna August is a wonderful Southern Weddings sponsor!

Written with love by Jess Metcalf
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A few weeks ago, the SW gals gathered for a favorite Southern Weddings’ tradition–our annual Gingerbread Barn Building Competition. This was the sixth year inviting our friends to join us for a night of barn-building and hot cocoa-drinking at the Carolina Inn!

Big thanks to Ally and Bobby for spending the evening with us and capturing these wonderful images you see below!

If you can’t tell from above, Christmas at the Carolina Inn is simply magical! So magical, in fact, that our very own Kristin couldn’t miss out on a second Gingerbread Barn Building event in a row! She surprised us with her lovely face and ooh and ahh at the Christmas decor alongside us!

We are grateful for our dear friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor, Randi of Sugar Euphoria, for providing the icing everyone used on their barns! This stuff was barn building gold, and it made for some of the tallest and most structurally-sound barns we’ve seen yet (three story structures!)

Each team dove right in when the competition began, and you could feel the excitement in the room as we strolled around to see plans, blueprints and designs begin to unfold! I must say, being a judge certainly takes some of the pressure off!

I wouldn’t be a true UNC alum if I didn’t mention the lovely replica of the UNC bell tower. Between KNW and myself, we must’ve taken three dozen photos to send to our beaus who are fellow UNC grads. If you look closely enough, there was even a Ramses made out of marshmallows. Be still my heart!

This group may have been some of the most creative builders we’ve seen yet! Herringbone pathways, pretzel chandeliers, and beautiful hand-letting covered in sprinkles–the ideas seem to get better each year!

We loved hearing the story behind our Honorable Mention Best Story winner’s barn below! Each tiny home was created by a different member of their team, and had a matching story to go with it!

Each creation we saw was not only beautifully executed, but had a darling story to match it! After much deliberation, we handed out the grand prize award to a sweet group of ladies who created the beautiful snow-covered creation you see below, complete with a sweater-wearing reindeer!

We also passed our four Honorable Mentions–Most Festive, Most Architecturally Creative, Most Creative Story, and Most Structurally Sound–to other builders! Y’all certainly didn’t make deliberations easy this year!

Thank you so much to all our friends who joined us at this year’s competition, and to The Carolina Inn for hosting us all–we can’t wait to see what y’all come up with next year! Happy holidays!

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  1. avatar Bri A reply

    These are so beautiful! I think I need to up my gingerbread game. And the marshmallow Ramses — consider this UNC alum in love!

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